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Tehran (AFP) July 15, 2019
Iran's atomic energy agency said Monday it could reverse its nuclear programme to its status before curbs were imposed under a landmark 2015 agreement with world powers. "If the Europeans and the Americans don't want to carry out their duties... we will decrease our commitments and... reverse the conditions to four years ago," agency spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said, quoted by IRNA state ne
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Washington (AFP) July 15, 2019
US President Donald Trump's administration named its third acting defense secretary in seven months on Monday, underscoring the lack of permanent leadership at the Pentagon since James Mattis quit. Owing to complex bureaucratic rules, the acting defense secretary of the past four weeks, Mark Esper, was forced to step down as Trump submitted his formal nomination for the permanent job to Cong
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Brussels (AFP) July 15, 2019
European foreign ministers held crisis talks Monday on saving the beleaguered Iran nuclear deal as Britain warned the "small window" for success was closing and Tehran issued fresh threats of restarting its atomic programme. Tensions in the Gulf have soared since last year, when the United States pulled out of the 2015 deal and reimposed sanctions on Iran, hammering its economy and prompting
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Istanbul (AFP) July 15, 2019
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday hailed the controversial delivery of a Russian missile defence system despite the threat of US sanctions, as Turkey marked the third anniversary of a bloody coup attempt. Just days before the anniversary, the first batch of the Russian S-400 defence system was delivered to Turkey despite repeated US calls for them to cancel the deal or face punishment
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Washington (UPI) Jul 15, 2019
The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of 50 Patriot Advanced Capability missiles, plus parts and support, to Germany at an estimated cost of $401 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency on Friday notified Congress of the possible sale, which is meant to improve the security of Germany and NATO, which requires a "strong and ready self-defense capability."
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Washington (UPI) Jul 15, 2019
Deliveries of Russia's S-400 defense system to Turkey, despite U.S. objections, could cause a permanent rift between the United States and Turkey, observers said on Monday. Components of the long-range air and missile defense system began arriving on Friday and continued on Saturday and Sunday. Seven Russian cargo aircraft arrived at Ankara's Murted Air Base by Sunday evening, an
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Washington (UPI) Jul 15, 2019
The U.S. Air Force's newest cyber defense facility, at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is designed for professionals to learn about current and emerging cyber threats. The $1.5 million facility, funded by the Cyber Resiliency Office for Weapons Systems, an agency of the Air Force, opened last week. "Construction of this facility is a key component of the CROWS mission to increase the
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Chicago IL (SPX) Jul 13, 2019
Today, large-scale communication satellite constellations, also known as megaconstellations, have been more and more popular. OneWeb launched the first batch of satellites of an initial 650-satellite constellation in February 2019, and SpaceX also launched the first batch of its 12,000-satellite constellation in May 2019. On July 8, Amazon also filed an application with the FCC for its planned s
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TITusville FL (SPX) Jul 09, 2019
The GPS satellite constellation is about to get its next heathy dose of new technology and more advanced capabilities. The second next-generation, Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT)-built GPS III satellite - nick-named "Magellan" by the U.S. Air Force - is sealed up and ready for its planned July 25 launch. On June 26, Lockheed Martin Space and United Launch Alliance (ULA) technicians completed en
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Washington (AFP) July 14, 2019
City services in Baltimore, Maryland, were paralyzed earlier this year when a ransomware attack locked up computer networks and made it impossible for residents to make property transactions or pay their municipal bills. Officials refused to meet hacker demands for a ransom of $76,000 to unlock the systems, but have been saddled with an estimated $18 million in costs of restoring and rebuild
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Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 13, 2019
To date, 17 Chinese self-developed FengYun (FY) meteorological satellites have been launched, which are widely applied in weather analysis, numerical weather forecasting and climate prediction, as well as environment and disaster monitoring. Currently, seven satellites are in operation. "The FY series satellite program has gone through four main stages," according to Dr. Peng Zheng, Deputy
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[l] at 7/16/19 4:49am
Baghdad (AFP) July 14, 2019
Six drops of blood and a vial of ground-up bone: a sample of evidence that an Iraqi forensics lab has gathered of the Islamic State group's multiple brutal crimes against the Yazidis. "It's like a puzzle," says forensic specialist Mohammad Ihsan from behind a medical mask, as he lays out yellowed bones under fluorescent lights at the shabby Medico-Legal Directorate in eastern Baghdad. Th
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Khanke Displacement Camp, Iraq (AFP) July 14, 2019
Brainwashed and broken, the Islamic State group's youngest victims are struggling to recover from years of jihadist captivity as they return to their own traumatised minority communities in Iraq. Dozens of Yazidi and Turkmen children were rescued in recent months as IS's "caliphate", notorious for its use of child soldiers and "sex slaves", collapsed in Syria. Many have been reunited wi
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Paris (AFP) July 15, 2019
Three key European powers on Sunday called for dialogue and an end to the escalation over Iran's nuclear programme, as tensions further intensified between Tehran and the United States. The statement by the leaders of Britain, France and Germany expressed concern that the 2015 deal over Iran's nuclear programme risked further unravelling but said it was up to Tehran to ensure the deal surviv
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Brussels (AFP) July 14, 2019
The European Union on Sunday urged Russia to ensure continued respect of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, after Moscow suspended its participation in the agreement. "We are deeply concerned over developments with regard to the INF Treaty, which could end on 2 August 2019," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement. "The upcoming days represent the
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[l] at 7/15/19 5:52am
Paris (AFP) July 14, 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday showcased European military cooperation in a Bastille Day parade but the aftermath of the glittering event was tarnished by violent clashes between police and protesters. Key EU leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, joined Macron in Paris to watch the annual parade that included representatives of ni
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Ankara (AFP) July 13, 2019
Turkey ignored US warnings as it continued Saturday to take delivery of Russia's S-400 missile defence system near Ankara, a defence minstry statement indicated. "Delivery of S-400 Long Range Air and Missile Defence Systems resumed today," the statement said. "The fourth Russian plane carrying S-400 parts landed at Murted Airport outside Ankara," it added. The US fears that if Ankara
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[l] at 7/13/19 10:07pm
Paris (AFP) July 13, 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday announced the creation of a new national military space force command that will eventually be part of his country's air force. The declaration - made on the eve of France's Bastille Day national celebrations that feature a military parade down Paris's Champs-Elysees - mirrors an initiative in the US championed by President Donald Trump. "To
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London (AFP) July 14, 2019
Britain's ambassador to Washington believed US President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal because it was associated with his predecessor Barack Obama, according to leaked documents published Saturday. "The administration is set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism, seemingly for ideological and personality reasons - it was Obama's deal," ambassador Kim Darroch wrote in a dipl
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Istanbul (AFP) July 12, 2019
Turkey received the first batch of Russia's S-400 missile defence system on Friday, sparking NATO "concern" and risking deepening tensions with the United States, which has repeatedly warned against the purchase. The delivery to an air base in the Turkish capital Ankara comes after Washington warned this week that there would be "real and negative" consequences if Turkey bought the defence s
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Stockholm (AFP) July 12, 2019
Sweden will not sign a UN treaty calling for the ban of nuclear weapons, foreign minister Margot Wallstrom said Friday. "The government will, as it stands now, not sign the convention on a prohibition of nuclear arms," Wallstrom told reporters at a press briefing in Stockholm. The UN treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which calls for the ban of "nuclear weapons or other
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Washington DC (SPX) Jul 13, 2019
DARPA's Squad X Experimentation program aims to demonstrate a warfighting force with artificial intelligence as a true partner. In a recent field test, the program worked with U.S. Marines at the Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, to track progress on two complementary systems that allow infantry squads to collaborate with AI and autonomous systems to make better decisions
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Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 13, 2019
President Donald Trump decreed in February to establish the US Space Force in a bid to counter China and Russia in the space among other priorities. Moscow has repeatedly urged for the prevention of an arms race in space and its transformation into another theatre of armed confrontation. The head of the Russian General of Staff, Andrei Sterlin, has said in a statement that the United State
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Rome NY (SPX) Jul 13, 2019
The Air Force Research Laboratory is breaking new ground in their efforts to partner with industry, academia, and the Department of Defense to apply quantum information science to Air Force concerns and ensure they remain the most advanced and capable force in the World. AFRL has formally joined the IBM Q Network, the first ever partnership of its kind in the Department of Defense. This al
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Washington (UPI) Jul 12, 2019
Boeing has selected Raytheon to replace radar systems on the U.S. Air Force's B-52H Strafortress strategic bombers. Raytheon will design, develop, produce and sustain active electronically scanned array radar systems for the USAF's fleet of 77 B-52 bombers, Raytheon announced Thursday. The radar is based on AESA technologies developed from the AN/APG-79/82 family and offers improved nav
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Cherbourg, France (AFP) July 12, 2019
President Emmanuel Macron on Friday launched the first of a new fleet of nuclear-powered attack submarines that aims to ensure French naval superiority in the coming decades. The first French submarine to be launched in a decade, the Suffren is the frontrunner for a new line of Barracuda attack-class vessels, 12 of which have already been ordered by Australia. A vast, 99-metre (325 foo
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Washington (UPI) Jul 12, 2019
Huntington Ingalls Industries installed the final piece of the flight deck on the new Ford-class John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier. A gantry crane lifted the 780-ton, steel-structured section of the upper bow, which is known as a superlift, into place at Newport News Shipbuilding division, the company said in a news release Thursday. It took took 18 months to build the superlift.
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Washington (UPI) Jul 12, 2019
Idaho's Mountain Home Air Force Base is now the location of the largest off-station operation of F-35 II fighter planes, the U.S. Air Force noted on Friday. Seventeen of the planes arrived from Hill AFB, Utah, as the Utah base undergoes runway repairs, and seven more planes in the squadron are expected soon as the aircraft are built by Lockheed Martin and delivered. Two other squadrons
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Washington (UPI) Jul 12, 2019
Military forces of the United Arab Emirates have begun withdrawing from the conflict in Yemen, Emirati officials said, leaving Saudi Arabia to fight Houthi rebels. For four years the UAE provided weapons, funding, training and at least 5,000 troops to a cause which props up Yemen's government but has killed thousands of civilians but resulted in a massive humanitarian crisis. In the pas
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Idlib, Syria (AFP) July 12, 2019
At least 13 civilians were killed Friday in Syrian regime air strikes in the country's northwest, including three children, a war monitor said. Another 45 civilians were wounded in the strikes across the jihadist-held Idlib region, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Those killed included three people in Idlib city, which until Friday had been spared strikes by the regi
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Tehran (AFP) July 12, 2019
Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Friday that they had launched deadly strikes against "terrorists" across the border in Iraqi Kurdistan. "Terrorist camps and training centres were attacked from Wednesday," with rockets, drones and artillery, the Guards said in a statement published by their official website Sepahnews. The statement did not name the groups targeted in the strikes, but sai
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Washington (AFP) July 11, 2019
An Afghan campaigner who took part in breakthrough talks with the Taliban said Thursday that she saw subtle improvements in the attitude towards women of the insurgents, who severely curtailed their rights while in power. In a meeting earlier this week in Qatar, the Islamist militants sat down with Afghan representatives and issued a joint statement that called for assuring women's rights "w
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[l] at 7/12/19 6:51am
New York (AFP) July 12, 2019
Police in New York had to break up fights between supporters and opponents of Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday during a visit to the United States which infuriated Beijing. Taiwanese media broadcast footage of the clashes outside the Grand Hyatt, where Tsai is staying during her two-day US trip. Opponents of Tsai - many waving Chinese flags - chanted slogans and fought with
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Washington (AFP) July 11, 2019
President Donald Trump ramped up his attacks on Silicon Valley giants on Thursday with a call for "regulatory and legislative solutions" to what he described as unfair treatment of conservatives by major online platforms. At a White House social media "summit," Trump excluded internet firms from the gathering of conservative activists who have been curbed on social media. But he said he
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Moscow (AFP) July 12, 2019
Turkey on Friday received the first deliveries of Russia's S-400 missile defence systems despite Washington threatening the NATO member with sanctions over the controversial deal. The delivery marks a new high in warming ties between Ankara and Moscow. Here is what you need to know about Russia's most modern anti-aircraft defence system. - What is the S-400? - The Russian army bega
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Istanbul (AFP) July 12, 2019
Turkey received the first batch of Russia's S-400 missile defence system on Friday in a move expected to raise tensions with the United States, which has repeatedly warned against the purchase. The delivery at an air base in the Turkish capital Ankara comes after Washington warned this week that there would be "real and negative" consequences if Turkey bought the defence system. "The de
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[l] at 7/12/19 6:51am
Beijing (AFP) July 12, 2019
China on Friday said it would impose sanctions on US companies involved in a potential arms sale worth $2.2 billion to self-ruled Taiwan - a move that has infuriated Beijing. "The US arms sale to Taiwan has severely violated the basic norms of international law and international relations," said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang in an online statement. "In order to safegua
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Paris (AFP) July 12, 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron will on Sunday seek to showcase Europe's defence capabilities by putting European military cooperation at the heart of a Bastille Day parade at a time of growing tensions with the United States. Key EU leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May, are expected to join Macron to watch the annual parade down the Cham
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[l] at 7/12/19 6:51am
Seoul (AFP) July 11, 2019
A K-pop singer who was deported and barred from South Korea for avoiding military service by changing nationality came a step closer to being allowed to return in a surprise ruling on Thursday. South Korea's highest court said it was unlawful to deny a visa to Steve Yoo, who had huge success in the 1990s, more than 15 years after he was kicked out of the country. Every able-bodied South
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[l] at 7/12/19 6:51am
London (AFP) July 11, 2019
London said Thursday that armed Iranian boats tried to "impede" a UK supertanker before being warned off by a British warship in a dramatic escalation in the Gulf that jeopardises attempts to salvage a landmark nuclear accord. Iran's Revolutionary Guards denied involvement but also cautioned both the United States and Britain that they would "strongly regret" the UK Royal Marines' detention
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[l] at 7/12/19 6:51am
Tehran (AFP) July 11, 2019
Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Thursday they had killed five "terrorists" in clashes near the western border with Iraq. "A terrorist team that intended to infiltrate into our country from the western borders yesterday (Wednesday)... was completely destroyed," the Guards said in a statement published by their official website Sepahnews. The clashes occurred in the vicinity of the city o
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Paris (AFP) July 12, 2019
Ankara and Moscow have forged closer cooperation after overcoming a major rupture in 2015 following the downing of a Russian fighter jet. As Russia started delivering to Turkey a missile defence system in a deal that has angered the US, here is a recap of the fallout and repair of bilateral relations. - 'Stab in the back' - In November 2015, two Turkish military jets shoot down a Ru
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[l] at 7/12/19 6:51am
Hong Kong (AFP) July 12, 2019
Plastered in colourful sticky-notes carrying messages of defiance against Hong Kong's government, so-called "Lennon Walls" have sprung up across the city - though fights have broken out as Beijing loyalists try to tear them down. The first wall was a uniquely Hong Kong take on a public graffiti display in Prague, which has been around ever since the 1980 murder of John Lennon. Anyone ca
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[l] at 7/12/19 6:51am
Tripoli (AFP) July 11, 2019
Libya's internationally recognised government on Thursday demanded urgent answers after Paris conceded French missiles were found at a base used by strongman Khalifa Haftar whose forces are fighting to take over the capital Tripoli. Foreign Minister Mohamad Tahar Siala has asked French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian to "urgently explain" how the missiles "reached Haftar's forces, when they w
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Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2019
Raytheon was awarded a $77.8 million contract to deliver 114 computers to launch the U.S. Navy's high speed anti-radiation missiles. The contract for the system, known as HARM, will include two pre-production units, one first article test unit and 111 production units in support of the Navy, the Defense Department announced Wednesday. Work will be performed at Raytheon's plant in
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Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2019
Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico this year became the first military location with a refurbished weather radar system. Next Generation Weather Radar is a Doppler system that measures motion of clear air and atmospheric phenomena within storms. They are used as part of forecasts for the U.S. Army, Air Force and National Weather Service. The non-military data are transmitted to local n
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Kourou (AFP) July 11, 2019
A rocket carrying a satellite for the United Arab Emirates failed shortly after taking off from French Guiana on Wednesday night, launch company Arianespace said. "About two minutes after takeoff a major anomaly occurred, leading to the loss of the mission," said Luce Fabreguettes, director of operations in Kourou, on the northern coast of the French territory in South America. It is the
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[l] at 7/11/19 3:53am
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2019
The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense announced that it seeks developers of laser- and radio frequency-guided weapons to shoot down drones and other enemy threats. The concept is not new. The United States first employed non-lethal lasers in military service in 2014, largely to disable enemy electrical sensors, and the United Kingdom spent $37 million on a laser prototype in 2017.
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[l] at 7/11/19 3:53am
Tehran (AFP) July 10, 2019
French President Emmanuel Macron's top diplomatic advisor met with Iran's president Wednesday winding up a day of talks in Tehran aimed at saving a landmark 2015 nuclear deal and easing tensions between Tehran and Washington. But as Emmanuel Bonne pressed the high-level talks, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to warn that US sanctions against Iran would soon be "increased substantially
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[l] at 7/11/19 3:53am
Washington (AFP) July 10, 2019
In seeking a coalition at sea to monitor Iran, the United States is hoping to present a united front at a time when its hawkish policy has aggravated tensions and key allies are at loggerheads. General Joseph Dunford, the top US military officer, said the United States would take the commanding role and provide surveillance as other countries escort vessels under their own flags. "I thin
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Washington (AFP) July 11, 2019
US President Donald Trump warned Tehran on Wednesday that sanctions would soon be "increased substantially," as armed Iranian boats reportedly attempted to seize a British oil tanker in Gulf waters. Trump's sanctions warning - which he delivered via Twitter - came as French President Emmanuel Macron's top diplomatic advisor met with Iran's president, winding up a day of talks in Tehran aim
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[l] at 7/11/19 3:53am
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2019
Rear Adm. Brian Fort was elevated to commander of U.S. Naval Forces Japan in a change of command ceremony Wednesday in Yokosuka, Japan. Fort, who also serves as commander of Naval Region Japan, relieved Rear Adm. Gregory J. Fenton. Fort will now oversee shore readiness of the fleet, all shore installations and is the primary liaison between the U.S. Navy and Japan's Maritime Self-Defens
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[l] at 7/11/19 3:53am
Colombo (AFP) July 10, 2019
Sri Lanka is negotiating a fresh military cooperation deal with the United States, its Prime Minister announced in parliament Wednesday, even as the country's president vowed to veto any agreement. Ranil Wickremesinghe said the government was discussing a replacement for the 1995 Status of Forces (SOFA) arrangement that would allow the US military easier access to the strategically placed In
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Paris (AFP) July 10, 2019
The French government said Wednesday that its missiles had been found in Libya on a base used by rebel forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar, in an embarrassing admission that raises fresh questions about its role in the conflict. Confirming a report in the New York Times, the defence ministry said in a statement that US-made Javelin missiles discovered in a camp south of Tripoli at the end of June
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Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2019
The Pentagon announced a $21.5 million contract with Lockheed Martin for modifications to the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter plane. The contract with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., announced on Tuesday, is a modification of a prior contract, and calls for modification kits, special tooling and installation labor to retrofit equipment to the aircraft. The nature or use o
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[l] at 7/11/19 3:53am
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2019
Bulgaria announced the $1.25 billion purchase of eight F-16 fighter planes, the biggest change in its conversion from outdated Soviet-era armaments thus far. The contract with Lockheed Martin, revealed on Wednesday, calls for delivery of eight new F-16 Block 70 aircraft. The price tag will raise the country's defense spending from about 1.5 percent of its economic output. Bulgari
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[l] at 7/11/19 3:53am
Jisr Al-Shughur, Syria (AFP) July 10, 2019
Regime and Russian air strikes on northwestern Syria on Wednesday killed 11 civilians including four children and knocked a hospital out of service, a monitor said. The raids are the latest in an uptick in deadly government and Russian bombardment since late April on the jihadist-administered region of Idlib despite a months-old truce deal. Regime air strikes killed seven civilians inclu
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Geneva (AFP) July 10, 2019
More than 20 countries have written to top United Nations human rights officials condemning China's treatment of Uighur and other minorities in the western Xinjiang region, in a letter released Wednesday. UN ambassadors from 22 states - including Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany and Japan - co-signed the text sent to the Human Rights Council president, Coly Seck, and the High Co
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[l] at 7/10/19 6:18am
Washington (AFP) July 9, 2019
The United States on Tuesday renewed its warning to Turkey that there will be consequences if it buys a Russian missile system, despite President Donald Trump's sympathy for the NATO ally's case. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after meeting Trump last month that he was confident Turkey would not face sanctions for buying the S-400, after the Pentagon formally told Ankara to cancel the p
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Washington (UPI) Jul 9, 2019
Four companies have been awarded contracts worth $72.8 million for unspecified special projects and electronic systems for the U.S. Navy, Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection and other government agencies. The three-year contracts include two two-year option periods, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of all four contracts to an estimated $17
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[l] at 7/10/19 6:18am
Tehran (AFP) July 10, 2019
A diplomatic adviser to French President Emmanuel Macron held talks in Tehran Wednesday aimed at saving the 2015 nuclear deal and easing tensions between Iran and the United States. Emmanuel Bonne met Rear-Admiral Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, and was set to meet with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif later on Wednesday. Bonnes' mission is "to

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